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Free State Business 2021

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The 2021 edition of Free State Business is the 11th issue of this successful publication that, since its launch, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Free State. The Free State has varied investment and business opportunities and the Free State Development Corporation describes some of these in detail in these pages. Drilling for natural gas is a new phenomenon which may spark activity in other sectors and this journal notes significant new investments and projects in the chemicals and mining sectors. The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP SEZ) was a significant event for the economy of South Africa’s most centrally located province. Located on the strategically significant N3 highway that links the economic heartland of South Africa to the coast, the MAP SEZ has the potential to attract new investors and spark a revival in the manufacturing sector. In addition, overviews on each of the key economic sectors provide up-to-date information on trends in the mining and tourism sectors, for example. Regular information about the size and nature of each sector is also included.


OVERVIEW FOCUS FOCUS Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park Phuthaditjhaba IP is strategically located in the Phuthaditjhaba Eastern Free State IP and is 40km strategically away from located the N5 in and the Eastern N3 highways. Free State The and park 40km is on away the border from the between N5 and N3 the highways. Gauteng and The Kwazulu park is on -Natal the provinces. border between the Gauteng The Park and is Kwazulu-Natal situated within provinces. the Thabo Mofutsanyana The Park is District situated Municipality within the in Thabo the Mofutsanyana Maluti-A-Phofung District Local Municipality Municipality. in It the is Maluti-A-Phofung owned and managed Local by Municipality. the Free State It is owned and managed by the Free State Development Corporation (FDC), which is the Development Corporation (FDC), which is the official agency responsible for driving economic official agency responsible for driving economic development in the Free State Province. development in the Free State Province. The Park is divided into Industrial estates The Park is divided into Industrial estates ie factory units, which are further divided into ie factory units, which are further divided into small small and and large large units. units. Small Small units units range range from from 50m² 50m² to to 499m² 499m² while while the the large large units units are are 500m² 500m² and and above in in size. size. These These factories factories are are mainly mainly rented for manufacturing and and service service industries industries and to a lesser extent retail (wholesaling) and and warehousing (storage). There are are a total of of 296 296 factories in the Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park. The Industrial Park Park occupies a total a total of 257 of 360m² 257 360m² gross gross land land area, area, with approximately 62% occupancy rate and 185 companies. It It has one of the biggest local employers in in the CMT sector, employing 1 200 local people, who comprise more than 90% women. The Park is is a a major economic hub of the district, with varied businesses located in in the park. The municipality provides services services such such as as water water and and electricity, electricity, and and the the infrastructure is is owned owned by by the the municipality. municipality. There There is more is more than than 120 000m 120 2 000m of vacant 2 of land vacant and land 112 and vacant 112 factories vacant factories (large and (large small). Sectors and small). include Sectors textiles, include plastic textiles, products, manufacturing, plastic products, construction, manufacturing, food and construction, snacks. The total food number and snacks. of jobs The total is estimated number of at 7 jobs 300. is estimated at 7 300. Botshabelo Industrial Park Botshabelo Industrial Park The Botshabelo Industrial Park is situated The approximately Botshabelo 60km Industrial from the Park economic is situated hub approximately on the eastern 60km side of from the Mangaung the economic Metro. hub on The the industrial eastern side area of was the Mangaung developed Metro. in 1985 The industrial with the area assistance was developed of DBSA. in 1985 with the assistance The Botshabelo of DBSA. Industrial Park boasts manufacturing The Botshabelo and service Industrial companies Park boasts in manufacturing the textiles, electrical, and service plastic companies production, in the textiles, electrical, plastic production, poultry, poultry, food and snack sectors. Currently it food and snack sectors. Currently it provides provides employment to an estimated 7 519 employment to an estimated 7 519 people, people, of which the majority are women. of which the majority are women. Mangaung Mangaung and Maluti-A-Phofung form part and Maluti-A-Phofung form part of the of the distressed regions and were declared distressed regions and were declared as one of as the one Presidential of the Presidential nodal areas nodal that areas require that development. require development. The The BIP BIP was was the first first to to receive receive phase phase 1 and 1 and phase phase 2 of of the revitalisation programme. programme. The The initiation of of the revitalisation programme programme has has had had some impact and and has has seen an an increase in investment investment within within the the park. park. The The Industrial Industrial Park has Park 144 has factories 144 factories operating operating with 113 with occupied. 113 The occupied. total capital The total investment capital is investment around R755- is million. around R755-million. The factory sizes range from 500m² to to 22500m². The Park also has an an incubator centre known as as the Small Business Park. FREE STATE BUSINESS 2018 2020 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021 16 16

is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Fu FDC Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for Busine Manufacturing Office and industrial space available Free State Development Corporation (FDC) offers a wide range of spacious and affordable rental space for SMMEs. N D U S T R I A L P R O P E R T Y T O R E N T I N H A R R I S M I T H I is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furnitu FDC Manufacturing Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for Business I N D U S T R I A L P R O P E R T Y T O R E N T I N H A R R I S M Operation.. There are opportunities to rent factory space at Free State Development Corporation properties in Botshabelo, Phuthaditjhaba and Industriqwa. The FDC offers affordable rental space, ranging from massive stand-alone industrial buildings, office blocks and shopping centres, to loose single-tenant commercial buildings situated in rural areas to suit different needs. arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 Freeway. main Commercial portfolio This portfolio is divided into urban and rural areas The factory is Situated at Site 2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all amenities Operation.. This factory offers the following: 2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all ame Site at Situated is factory The Sprinkler System. and access N3 main routes onto Freeway. arterial Quick Roller 4 Doors and typically consists of the following: shopping Guard House offers the following: This factory Security centres, office blocks, market stalls, kiosks and secured and fenced Well System. Sprinkler containers. Industrial incentives Ample parking 4 Roller Doors 3 phase power with 100 amps Security Guard House offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions 6 toilets, 8 fenced and secured Well shower parking Ample phase power with 100 amps Rental holiday of up to six months. 3 Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more Industrial portfolio Industrial building: Mainly stand-alone industrialtype buildings designed for manufacturing and/or warehouse purposes. Large factories (>500m²): Consists of mainly standard and custom-built factories used for manufacturing, service industries and warehousing. Small industrial units (

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